The First Patient: A Novel

The First Patient: A Novel

by Michael Palmer


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Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were once Naval Academy roommates. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States. One day, while the United States is embroiled in a bitter presidential election campaign, Marine One lands on Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard announces that his personal physician has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared-and he desperately needs Gabe to take the man's place.

Now ensconced in the White House medical office, Gabe comes to a disturbing realization: The President is not fit to run the country. Worse, Gabe uncovers evidence that his friend's illness may not be due to natural causes. Who could have administered such a blow? And why? The President's life is at stake, the safety of the world is in jeopardy, and it's up to Gabe to find the answers while time is running out...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250100382
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 530,852
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Palmer (1942-2013) wrote internationally bestselling novels of medical suspense, including The First Patient, The Second Opinion, The Last Surgeon, A Heartbeat Away, Oath of Office and Political Suicide. His book Extreme Measures was adapted into a movie starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. His books have been translated into thirty-five languages. Palmer earned his bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University, and he attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He trained in internal medicine at Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of internal and emergency medicine. In addition to his writing, Palmer was an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services, devoted to helping physicians troubled by mental illness, physical illness, behavioral issues, and chemical dependency. He lived in eastern Massachusetts.

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First Patient 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 234 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat, we have harriet klausner ruining another book. Another lost sale for bn because i refuse to buy a book after this self righteous poster reveals every detail of the book. Why waste money? Harriet klausner seems to think other ppl are too stupid to read, so she takes it upon herself to divulge every detail of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've learned to check reviews and to not read harriet klausner or other long reviews for fear of getting spoilers. I agree that people need to limit the amount of info given in their reviews.
dancin_wida_pen More than 1 year ago
I read this book from the CDs in my car on an crosscountry holiday trip. I did not finish before I arrived at my destination and found myself creating reasons to drive in my car so I could hear the book. Now that's a great book. If you like thinking about clues and enjoy credible characters embedded in mystery setting, you will like this one.
BookmarkCP More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Palmer never lets me down. I thought that the plot was original, the characters entertaining and the conspiracy completely believable. I would definitely give this book as a gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Palmer outdoes himself with this one! This book is brilliantly crafted and well written. The plot is unique, filled with suspense,twists and turns,and VERY VERY SCARY. The reader is held captive with the question: COULD THIS REALLY HAPPEN? The suspense builds and builds. The height of surprise and pathos comes near the end when the mastermind behind the president's mysterious illness is revealed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. Could do without the xx language though.
Leslie_Everett More than 1 year ago
We do not often get a treat that comes in the form of a new look at a subject, particularly the timeless subject of political intrigue. Although the story, at times, rides on the edge of fantastic, it it wholly believable. My difficulty in providing a more comprehensive review comes from the fact that the story holds some surprises and it would be unfair to the readers to reveal too much. Michael Palmer has been placed high on my list of favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somebody please! B &N you have got to put a stop to Ms. Harriet!! You are going to lose another sale because you continue to let her post full blown reviews! WE CAN READ HARRIET!!!! WE ARE ADULTS!!!! You can fix this, somebody just needs to have some balls to do it. Yes I know, we dont have to read it, but she can quit being so friggin RUDE!!!!!!!!!!
Prasvadh More than 1 year ago
This novel brings to the spotlight issues of the Twenty Fifth amendment act & the high relevance role payed by the president's physician in the Washington suites. There is a lot of suspense & thrilling moments attached to every part of the story & gets you enthralled in the cobweb of incidents leading to the predictions of who could be held responsible for inducing drugs/hallucinating the president to such a great extent. This novel surely brings into the reader immense interest on nanotechnology field and the immense potential it holds for future drug delivery & treatment approaches.
pm23 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by Palmer and I was not disappointed in the least. Palmer did a wonderful job with the plot (kept me guessing the whole time), the characters were well planned also. You won't go wrong with purchasing it. The only downside is there some bad language towards the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you guessing right to the end. Good, fast page turner.
Marnie Abutin More than 1 year ago
Captivating plot and very well written! You wont be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Mr. Palmer that I was disappointed in. I usually love his books but I found this story too drawn out to really enjoy. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat and was easy to put down. I will continue to read books by this author - I just didn't care for this one. --K--
whiterose_1943 More than 1 year ago
As other reviewers mentioned, this book starts out well. The characters are fairly well developed and the premise is believable. As the storyline progresses, the twists-and-turns become more implausible until the climax is as hallucinogenic as the behavior of the main character. The author's good intentions get derailed by the drift from reality....
Charli More than 1 year ago
I was surprised all the information it revealed; about the white house. It would make sense for them to act like this.
bookworminGA More than 1 year ago
The plot on this book is creative. I have read many of Michael Palmer's books, and this one is in the top 3. It had enough edge of your seat moments that made you want to keep reading, but did not quite make you look over your shoulder to make sure you weren't being followed. The plot is plausible, especially for anyone who is a government comspiracy theorist. Once you start it, you won't want to put it down!
JETTA More than 1 year ago
suzNC More than 1 year ago
A fast moving book, with lots of twists and turns. Truly enjoyed it.
CeCeCS More than 1 year ago
The overall read was good. However, I did not think there was enough development of the character who ended up being the villain. I will agree that it was a cliffhanger. I did not expect the villain to be who it was. But I was dissappointed in the villain's reason for what was done. The author did not expound on this enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Palmer has always been one of my favorite authors for years, and this one did not disappoint! It grabbed me from the very beginning and I was so enthralled that I never wanted to put it down. It's full of twists and turns and surprises, intertwining all of the different stories seamlessly. Just when you think you know who 'the villain' is, you'll find yourself wondering if it could be someone else, which to me made it all the more interesting. I was anxious to get to the end and see if I had figured it all out! If you are a fan of Michael's, you won't be disappointed. I recommended this to a co-worker, and we both want it to be made into a movie! It was that good!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Pardon me if you find this book rather implausible, but I enjoyed reading it. If a novelist can't take a few liberties to tell a tale, we'll all be reading non-fiction. Somehow I will never view the White House or the president the same, but I guess I always had my suspicions!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In an election year, Michael Palmer has added politics and a bit of nanotechnology to the excellent medical fiction he writes. I found the writing to be extremely good, the characters well-drawn, and the surprises just kept on coming until the very end. I'm looking forward to Palmer's next work. My advice is to suspend your disbelief (hey, this is fiction) and enjoy the ride.
lppn38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
while I enjoyed the relationship between the main character and the doctor, (it was an interesting plot twist), I just couldn't get into the flow of this book, it seemed disjointed to me.
BudBarclay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MUchael Palmer continues to be my favorite writer of medical thrillers. This has an interesting premise but the plot is too implausible to be real. He should probably stay away from the natioanl government as a backdrop. I am not certain it is his comfort zone. A fun read, but not one of his best.
nglofile_reads_2008 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This had its moments, but they were few. Some details/passages were repeated unnecessarily, and the women characters were wholly unbelievable (e.g., during surveillance, one female "straight-arrow" operative noted the breasts of an adolescent girl -- twice! just creepy). I didn't expect great literature, but I did hope for an intricate and exciting plot. note: poor quality of recording and sub-excellent narration